The olive tree has been the symbol of long and healthy life,
abundance, wealth, holiness and peace in mythology and many civilizations.
It takes care and patience to raise this tree. It grows in
20 years and grows stronger as it gets older. With good care it gives product
for hundreds of years.
''What smells like a nice olive oil? "they
asked to me one day. I couldn't figure out what the questioner wanted to find in the taste
and smell of olive oil that day. Since olive is a fruit, the olive oil must
smell beautiful olives. There is nothing more natural than that.'' says Ahmet Selim Kantarcı
Ayvalik geographic region is a very special region that produces beautiful olive
and olive oil by its natural and soft climatic conditions and the quality of the soil. It has already been known as a trademark by world for hundreds of years.
Ayvalik Chamber of Commerce has taken its geographical registration with
its valuable works and put it into practice. Tadım panels have been created and
another official step has been taken on its recognition. Our products are
supported by a hologram, which is a proof and indication of this registration,
and separated from its imitations. I would like to
point out that sales without holographic packaging will not reflect the
features of Ayvalik olive oil.
Ayvalik is a very special region with natural wonders,
historical monuments, architecture, culture, lifestyle, tolerance, sea, fish,
islands and production processes.
Our passion for olige oil and olive has started 150 years ago in the village of Skopelos in
Mittilini. Our grandfathers have immigrated to Ayvalık during the grand
Exchange between 1922 and 1923. They have settled here and kept the olive oil business
going. By the time their olive oil and olives became popular as the high
quality products and amazing taste. In 1948 Ömer Faruk Kantarcı has officially
started the company. After his sudden and unfortunate death, his son Ahmet
Selim Kantarcı took the control and created SELME brand. Ahmet Selim Kantarcı
is a great olive oil expert and one of the founder of UZZK (National Olive and
Oil Council) and wise president. Since 2013 his daughter Selin Kantarcı Coşkun and Ahmet Selim Kantarcı have been working together.
SELME has been winning lots of quality prizes nationally
and internationally. Our newest prize was the 2nd pace of World famous Mario
Solinas Natural Extra Virgin Olive oil Prize / Turkey.